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Libraries Transform: Because . . .

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One of my takeaways from AASL was the Libraries Transform multi-year public awareness campaign brand and the richness of the toolkit. The ways in which libraries transform are as nuanced and varied as the people they serve. Physical transformations are easy to spot. Transformations in service and scope can be less apparent, but are ever […]

Time for our annual TLCafé Smackdown!

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It’s that time again!  For the fifth (I think) year, put away the last of the turkey leftovers and get serious about remembering your very favorite techy tools and strategies of the year.  Get ready to Smackdown your favorite learning tools, friends! Librarians and teachers and friends of other types are all invited to join […]

Teaching (and writing) with Wikipedia

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Alexa lists Wikipedia as the 7th most popular site in the world and the 6th most popular site in the United States. It’s bigger than any encyclopedia we’ve ever before seen.  Everyone uses it. Let’s just say, it’s important. So, doesn’t it make sense to spend a little time helping learners figure out how it […]

Blast from the past (20 years back at NJASL)

Please forgive this shameless self-promotion.  The NJASL folks dug up some blasts from the past for their 100th anniversary celebration. I was both shocked and so pleased to see what I looked like during a radio theater event nearly 20 years ago and about 20 pounds ago.  (Check about 19 minutes in for my appearance.)

NJASL takeaway #1 Do they skip into your library?


I made many new friends at the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) Fall Conference this week and I will be sharing some highlights and featuring emerging leaders. One of those leaders is Jennifer Latimer of Clinton Elementary School Library in Maplewood, NJ, who blogs as Anywhere Librarian and tweets as @jenlatimer. I reconnected […]

Ben’s Guide relaunches

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In collaboration with our own AASL, the Government Printing Office just updated and redesigned its Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government. This new portal is designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government, which issues the publications and information products disseminated by the GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program. Mobile friendly, the website […]

PromptSmart: a sweet utility for speeches and more

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Public speaking is not only a part of our curricula, it’s a huge part of our lives. For some of us, it a serious fear. Founded by a Communications Fellow at Wharton Business School, PromptSmart, turns your device into a teleprompter.  It is a seriously handy tool I wish we had years ago, While I […]

My #AASL15 Story

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We were with our tribe. From Treasure Mountain to the Hackathon to the unConf, and of course, through the official conference, AASL15 was an incredible learning experience. Rather that describe it all, I thought I’d curate it for you.  Check out the embedded slideshows, the daily Darwin newsletters, the images and tweets.

School Libraries Work! 2016

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  Among the many exciting events at AASL National in Columbus was Scholastic’s release of the 2016 edition of School Libraries Work!  You’ll want to keep this important advocacy tool on hand and share copies with administrators, board members, teachers, parents, students. The downloadable document, builds on the 2008 edition,  collecting and highlighting more than […]

Just released: A Common Sense Census

Common Sense Media just released a major study that will be of interest to any educator interested in understanding how kids actually use technology.  The results make fabulous fodder for faculty discussion.  It may help guide decision making in addressing instruction and issues of equity. The large scale study, Media Use by Teens and Tweens […]